Calendar Focus: Critics’ Picks

Coming Events: Bernstein At 100, Feted Everywhere

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By Kyle MacMillan

DATE BOOK – From a flashback to the golden era of Young People’s Concerts to revivals of iconic stage works and little-known gems, the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is being celebrated from coast to coast.

Our Critics’ Picks: New Music, Opera Sport Fall Colors

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By CVNA Contributors

DATE BOOK – Brimming with new works and milestone celebrations from coast to coast, the classical calendar shows impressive projects at the onset of the fall season such as the U.S. premiere of Blank Out, an operatic thriller.

Coming Events: Western Festivals Light Up The Sky

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By Kyle MacMillan

DATE BOOK – The hotter months invite you to plug into a new opera about Steve Jobs, enjoy outdoor concerts at ski-country heights, and cruise the Colorado River with concerts at bankside. Here’s a look at mountain area highlights.

Coming Events: Midwest Fests Get Jump On Summer

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By Kyle MacMillan

DATE BOOK  – Among music festivals getting a head start on summer are some with distinctive offerings that can’t be found elsewhere. Here are lineups of festivals with premieres and rarities coming soon to America’s heartland.

Coming Events: Canada Turns 150, Makes Joyful Noise

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By Colin Eatock

DATE BOOK – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has organized Canada Mosaic in celebration of the country’s 150th year. Commissions from the nation’s many distinctive musical voices will ring out at orchestras coast to coast.

Coming Events: Bounty Of Opera, New And Notable

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By Kyle MacMillan

DATE BOOK – The PBS broadcast of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere production of Bel Canto, by Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz, leads off an ambitious series of premieres and novel opera projects in early 2017.

Coming Events: 2017 Rings In New Year Of New Music

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By Daniel Hautzinger

DATE BOOK — The New York Philharmonic starts off the new year swinging, with the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ The Jungle. Here are more premieres promised at major orchestras in North America in early 2017.

Coming Events: Orchestras Raise Curtain On Opera Sans Its Trappings

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By Kyle MacMillan

DATE BOOK – On the hunt to diversify offerings and attract new fans without sacrificing artistic integrity, the Oregon Symphony blends Bartók’s Bluebeard and Chihuly glass. Here are other operatic plans by orchestras in 2016-17.

Coming Events: Plans Big, Diverse In Middle America

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By CVNA Editors

DATE BOOK – Imaginative programming is the mark of the fall season at the St. Louis Symphony and six other mid-American orchestras, as they celebrate their uniqueness and music directors embark on their most ambitious projects.

Coming Events: Orchestras Launch Their New Season

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By CVNA Editors

As the 2016-17 orchestral season gets under way in the U.S., music directors celebrate prized relationships, introduce new works, and resurrect forgotten gems. Here are some late-September entries that caught our eye.

Coming Events: American Masters Key Festival Fare

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By Kyle MacMillan

DATE BOOK – As if taking their cue from conductor Leonard Slatkin’s advocacy, summer festivals at Aspen and elsewhere will spotlight the mid-century American composers who invented the sound world we now live in.

Coming Events: Festival Bounty Awaits In France

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By Susan Brodie

DATE BOOK – Perplexities are seldom more pleasant than what these summer fests propose: Stay in Paris for the likes of Raphaël Pichon’s Ensemble Pygmalion at Festival de Saint-Denis? Or head for splendor out of town?

Coming Events: Small-Scale Gems Dot Northern Fests

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By Colin Eatock

DATE BOOK – Haitian born Canadian soprano Marie-Josée Lord’s small-ensemble homage Femmes, with archetypes from Delilah to Piaf, embodies the vibrant spirit of Canadian summer festivals in historic venues and scenic locales.

Coming Events: East Coast Glories In Summer Fests

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By Jackson Cooper

DATE BOOK – From Maine to the Carolinas, from the Baroque to world premieres, from André (Previn) to (John) Zorn, the Atlantic Coast offers ample diversity in summer chamber music festivals. Herewith, a small sampling.

Coming Events: 88 Keys Are Champs At Gilmore Festival

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By C. J. Gianakaris

KALAMAZOO – Since 1991, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has assembled a biennial blitz of concerts by esteemed pianists from all over the world. This year’s 19-day immersion starts April 26.

Coming Events: Summertide Opera Kicks Up Its Heels

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By John von Rhein

DATE BOOK – Travelers in search of opera may not espy the high-prestige options to be found overseas this summer, but the domestic variety can be every bit as rewarding artistically, with tickets easier to get and prices not so insane.

Coming Events: U.S. Festivals ’16 In Early Bloom

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By Nancy Malitz

DATE BOOK – As the summer festival season begins to warm up around the world, the New York Philharmonic and other U.S. presenters are kicking in with musical celebrations, often fresh and playful, throughout the month of May.